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No other artist blends rational and mathematics with whimsical and imagination better than M.C. Escher. From renowned crystallographers to art collectors, across decades and generations, Escher’s work prompted a rare and wide-reaching appeal that persists even today.
"The graphic artist ... is like a blackbird singing at the top of a tree. He repeats his song over and over again, and it is complete in each print he makes. The more that are required, the better he is pleased." - M.C. Escher, 1957
The Asselbergs were friends of Escher, prominent art patrons and the owners of the ‘Eenhoorn Pres” (The Unicorn Press) publishing company. The New Years cards were commissioned by the Asselbergs for their private collection as well as to give out as New Year's gifts to their friends as was the European tradition.MasterworksEarly Works and Small WoodcutsAsselberg CommissionsStrens CommissionsRegular Division of Plane
Eugene and Willy Strens were prominent art patrons and print collectors who engaged Escher to create a series of New Year's cards for them reflecting the four elements.MasterworksEarly Works and Small WoodcutsAsselberg CommissionsStrens CommissionsRegular Division of Plane
Due to the popularity of his regular division of plane designs, Escher was appraoched by the De Roos Foundation to write and illustrate a book on his theories and method. These six woodcuts were created specifically for this publication. The black set is from the published state. The red set was printed as a separate edition.MasterworksEarly Works and Small WoodcutsAsselberg CommissionsStrens CommissionsRegular Division of Plane